Photos: The Ragin' Cajuns struggle with Akron Saturday night _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Akron cornerback Jordan George (24) celebrates with teammates after thwarting a UL-Lafayette fourth-and-goal attempt during Saturday's game at Cajun Field in Lafayette.


The Cajuns have issues everywhere. The defense showed many of the same issues it had in the first two games, with defensive backs getting beat in man-to-man coverage and too many players missing tackles. The offense didn’t bail out the defense this week. The receivers couldn’t get open; the quarterbacks showed questionable decision making, and the Cajuns couldn’t find room for their star running back, to make an impact. For good measure, Torrey Pierce muffed a punt with nobody around him and Akron recovered. Just an ugly day.


Thomas Woodson, making his third career start, looked like the second coming of Daunte Culpepper against the Cajuns defense. He finished with 93 rushing yards and 238 passing yards with three total touchdowns. But it was his play in key situations — a 24-yard scramble on third-and-11 to keep the first touchdown drive alive; a dart of a 9-yard touchdown pass on third-and-8; a 14-yard touchdown on third-and-13; and a 38-yard rush on third-and-1 to spark a touchdown drive alive to start the second half.


The fact that the Cajuns lost this game isn’t necessarily a shocker. It was the matter in which they did so. This qualified as the one of the worst home losses in Mark Hudspeth’s tenure, and it came against an Akron team that entered the game as a seven-point underdog. There’s never a good time to lose a game, but it doesn’t get much worse than this. The Cajuns travel to Ruston next week to play a solid Louisiana Tech team that embarrassed the Cajuns last season in Lafayette.